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Arizona Carnitas with Green Chiles

Category: Main Dish / Pork     Makes: 8-10 servings

Spice up meal times with this traditional and popular Southwestern dish. Shoulder meat is best cooked for longer period of time to make tender. Set the table so that everyone can create their own tortilla-filled meal.

Ingredients:

  • 2½ pound boneless blade pork roast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground balck pepper
  • 1 large yellow onion, cut itno thin slivers
  • 1 4-ounce can diced green chiles, undrained
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • flour tortillas, or corn tortillas
  • cheddar cheese, shredded
  • tomato, chopped 

Instructions:

  • Heat oven to 350°F.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in ovenproof heavy large covered pot over high heat. Add half of the pork cubes; sprinkle with half of the salt and half of the black pepper. Cook pork until starting to brown, stirring often. Remove pork.
  • Repeat with remaining pork cubes, salt and black pepper, adding more oil if necessary. Drain Drippings from pot.
  • Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in the same pot over medium heat. Cook onion in hot oil until tender. Stir in undrained chiles and garlic; cook for 2 minutes. Return pork to pot. Add chicken broth. Cover and bake for 1 hour.
  • Serve pork in tortillas topped with cheddar cheese, tomato and sour cream if desired.

Note: This recipe is perfect for pork shoulder, but any economical cut will work well.